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Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program

The Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program awards grants of $200,000 to $1 million to support innovative, sustainable and cost-effective approaches that dramatically reduce nutrient and sediment pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its local waterways.

Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to projects that target and reflect the region’s diverse landscapes and sources of pollution that exist throughout the Bay watershed.

Priorities for funding include:

  • Field-scale demonstrations of innovative technologies, conservation practices and best management practices (BMPs) that have the potential to significantly reduce excess nutrient loads.
  • Demonstrations of the most effective and efficient strategies for implementing nutrient pollution reductions in targeted small watersheds.
  • Water quality trading demonstrations and other market-based strategies to reduce nutrient pollution.
  • Demonstrations of strategies that overcome barriers to adoption of the most effective and efficient BMPs and conservation practices.

The Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Program. 

Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grant Projects (Since 2007)

Since 2007, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction (INSR) grant program, managed and administered under cooperative agreement with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, have awarded more than $56 million to support approximately 122 conservation projects that provide innovative approaches to accelerating adoption of the most cost effective and sustainable nutrient and sediment pollution reductions throughout the watershed. These grants have leveraged over $77 million in matching funds.

Download an overview of project specific information for the INSR project grants funded from 2007 through October 2014.

The funded INSR projects can be located through an interactive National Fish and Wildlife Foundation map.  NFWF has supported thousands of conservation projects in the United States and abroad since 1985.  In total, NFWF’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund (which includes both INSR and SWG) has awarded more than $103 million to support approximately 872 conservation projects throughout the watershed, all while leveraging a total of $202 million in matching funds.

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